This year marks the 35th annual Golden Joystick Awards. You can tell how old they are because the name references joysticks. You will be able to watch the ceremony on November 17 on Twitch, the hub for all things computer gamey.
Things will kick off at 3:15 pm GMT/7:15pm PT with a pre-show hosted by Keza MacDonald from Kotaku UK and Ellie Gibson from Go 8 Bit. The awards show itself shall be hosted by writer and TV host Danny Wallace, whom you may know as the narrator from Thomas Was Alone or his work in Assassin’s Creed.
The awards themselves are voted on by the British public, which adds an interesting spin on things. Last year’s winners included Overwatch for Best Original Game, The Witcher 3 for Best Storytelling and Mass Effect: Andromeda for Most Wanted Game. Shame about that last one. Voting for this year closed in early November, so there is nothing to do now but announce the winners.
Personally I have always found awards ceremonies in general, but gaming award ceremonies in particular, to be an awkward affair. It’s the one night of the year when publishers release the shackles from developers, allowing them to wander free from their natural environments and bundle them off into a dark room filled with alcohol and other people. The poor folk must have no idea what is going on.
That said, I do enjoy watching them. It allows me to feel both connected and superior at the same time, and it can be a lot of fun to have a few laughs about the event’s winners and losers on social media. I also like to rope some friends into joining me in Discord while we watch, much like with E3 events. Think of it as being kind of like Mystery Science Theater but with the actual hopes and dreams of people who just hope someone is going to acknowledge all their hard work.
Isn’t modern life just lovely.